Modern Food Moral Food Self Control Science and the Rise of Modern American Eating in the Early Twentieth Century American eating changed dramatically in the early twentieth century As food production became industrialized nutritionists home economists and so called racial scientists were all pointing American

  • Title: Modern Food, Moral Food: Self-Control, Science, and the Rise of Modern American Eating in the Early Twentieth Century
  • Author: Helen Zoe Veit
  • ISBN: 9781469607702
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Hardcover
  • American eating changed dramatically in the early twentieth century As food production became industrialized, nutritionists, home economists, and so called racial scientists were all pointing Americans toward a newly scientific approach to diet Food faddists were rewriting the most basic rules surrounding eating, while reformers were working to reshape the diets ofAmerican eating changed dramatically in the early twentieth century As food production became industrialized, nutritionists, home economists, and so called racial scientists were all pointing Americans toward a newly scientific approach to diet Food faddists were rewriting the most basic rules surrounding eating, while reformers were working to reshape the diets of immigrants and the poor And by the time of World War I, the country s first international aid program was bringing moral advice about food conservation into kitchens around the country In Modern Food, Moral Food, Helen Zoe Veit argues that the twentieth century food revolution was fueled by a powerful conviction that Americans had a moral obligation to use self discipline and reason, rather than taste and tradition, in choosing what to eat Veit weaves together cultural history and the history of science to bring readers into the strange and complex world of the American Progressive era The era s emphasis on science and self control left a profound mark on American eating, one that remains today in everything from the ubiquity of science based dietary advice to the tenacious idealization of thinness.

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    One Reply to “Modern Food, Moral Food: Self-Control, Science, and the Rise of Modern American Eating in the Early Twentieth Century”

    1. What a fabulous exploration of the appeal to eaters' self-control during WWI's food conservation efforts! Deftly plumbing and collating suggestive tidbits from the archive, Veit traces the drive to rationalize and moralize food under the sign of science but with the tenor of self-congratulation. Her chapter focuses are revelatory and crucial for understanding the transformation of U.S. food culture during this period: the WWI appeal to voluntary rationing and food conservatism as a form of "worl [...]

    2. A very interesting book. Great info about WWI and the change in food culture around it. I wished that the chapters held together better towards proving the thesis, but each on its own was interesting and readable.

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